Asked in PhysicsIQStephen Hawking
What is Stephen Hawking's IQ?
November 29, 2009 7:57AM
Although Professor Hawking discounts the value of numerical
IQ's, he admitted that his own is likely very high (it has been
suggested as 160 or more). He also said that "People who boast
about their IQ's are losers". (see link to 2004 interview)
---a possibly dramatized anecdote from Introducing Stephen Hawking (2006)---
Near the end of his term at Oxford and no doubt beginning to feel the effects of ALS, Hawking took a terrible fall down a staircase in the university hall. As a result, he temporarily lost his memory. He could not even remember his name. After several hours of interrogation by his friends, he finally returned to normal but was worried about possible permanent brain damage. To be sure, he decided to take the Mensa test for individuals with superior intelligence. He was delighted to find that he passed with flying colours, scoring between 200 and 250!